Queens Today

By Evan Rosen

The King Came to Queens: LBJ at C the K

The King of Hoops paid a surprise visit to Christ the King High School in Middle Village on Tuesday. Superstar Lebron James, who is about to begin his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, visited the high school hoops powerhouse to donate a brand new locker room and some fresh gear to the boys’ and girls’ basketball team, the New York Post reported. Nike recently released Lebron’s “Christ the King” shoes, also known as the CTK LeBron 3s. The exclusive shoes, which were also gifted to all players at Christ the King High School, reportedly sold out within minutes of their official market release.

Ahmadiyya Way Honors Muslim Community

The corner of 85th Road and the Grand Central Parkway eastbound service road is now known as Ahmadiyya Way, thanks to the efforts of local activists and District 23 Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik, who announced the street co-naming last week. The roadway honors the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which hosts interfaith forums to foster peace and understanding and assists the elderly and those in need, Grodenchik said. Last year, Community Board 8Q voted to approve the co-naming because of the Ahmadiyya Community’s longstanding presence, significant contributions, and positive impact. The ceremony was held on Aug. 31 at the southeast corner of the Grand Central Parkway and 85th Road, near the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Masjid. Grodenchik revealed the street name alongside members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Assembly Member David I. Weprin, Holliswood Civic President Linda Valentino, and Queens Civic Congress President Kevin Forrestal.

Free Community Conversation About 9/11 Attacks

The non-profit Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery will host a community conversation on the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack. The event is sponsored by Humanities NY and will include a reading followed by a group discussion about the passage’s relevance to the 9/11 terror attacks. The organizers invite community members to consider how the event transformed and connected New Yorkers and people across the country. Jo-Anne Raskin, a Friends of Maple Grove board member, lecturer and tour Guide, will moderate the conversation. The event is free, and there will be light refreshments but seats are limited. RSVP by emailing info@friendsofmaplegrove.org. The event will take place on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Victorian Admin. Building at Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd. in Kew Gardens, NY. The event is dedicated to those who lost their lives in 9/11.

Investigator Arrested for Pistol-Whipping and Choking Fiancee

An employee at the Department of Investigation has himself come under investigation himself, the Daily News reports. Erick May, 47, a confidential investigator with the city’s government oversight agency, was arrested Sunday in Rockaway Park at around 10 p.m., the Queens Patch reported. Police say beat his fiance with a loaded gun and choked her inside their home near Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 123rd Street. The government employee was charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing and harassment, and criminal possession of a loaded firearm. “You want to play games?” May allegedly screamed at his fiancee during the attack. “Let’s play the game of life!” Two neighbors told the News that the couple has a baby daughter at home. One neighbor vouched for May. “He’s a nice guy — he would always offer to get my son a job,” she said. “They always helped us with parking when we had guests. You never know what happens with people behind doors.”

Jacob DeGrom Burnishes Cy Young Resume

Mets ace Jacob DeGrom made history Monday by becoming the first pitcher since 1913 to give up three runs or less in 25 consecutive starts. DeGrom gave up one run — a solo homer by former Mets utility infielder Justin Turner — in six innings before exiting the game against the Dodgers with the game tied 1-1. DeGrom also managed to knock in a run. The Mets eventually won the game 4-2, but DeGrom got a no-decision. Despite a league-leading 1.68 earned run average — a single-season mark that would place him in the top 5 all-time among modern era pitchers — DeGrom is just 8-8 on the season thanks to the Mets anemic bats.

Photojournalist Sighting Initiates Search for Missing

Three years ago, Yeong-Ung Yang, a photojournalist who documents Korean life in Queens, snapped a photo of a bus. He soon received a message from a man named Chang-Nam Ko who saw the photo in a Korean newspaper. Ko was looking for his younger brother, Chang Joo Go, who had come to New York to escape a debt collector in Seoul and disappeared. But Ko thought he spotted his brother in the photo. The story of Ko’s quest to find Go along the Queens casino bus circuit is recounted in The New Yorker. “He was lured by something evil,” said Ko, who continued to search for his missing brother.

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